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Sabaa Tahir - Author

About the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother's comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.

Featured books by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Read the explosive New York Times bestselling debut that's captivated readers worldwide. Set to be a major motion picture, An Ember in the Ashes is the book everyone is talking about. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. When Laia's grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels. But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire's greatest military academy. Should she fail it's more than her brother's freedom at risk ...Laia's very life is at stake. There, she meets Elias, the academy's finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined - and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2015

What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution? For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she's never had much of a choice. For Elias it's the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire's elite soldiers. With the Masks' help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power. When Laia's brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death. But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.

Other books by Sabaa Tahir

Reaper at the Gates

Reaper at the Gates

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2018

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotioneven at the cost of his humanity.

Reaper at the Gates

Reaper at the Gates

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2018

BOOK THREE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES"e;Thrilling and hard to put down, readers will absolutely devour Tahir's latest."e; --BuzzFeedAn Entertainment Weekly Summer Reads pick!"e;The perfect summer read."e; --The Washington PostThe highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir's EMBER QUARTET.Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power--regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender--even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

A Reaper at the Gates

A Reaper at the Gates

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2018

The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling Ember Quartet. Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion-even at the cost of his humanity.

A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2017

`Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy' Us Weekly The sequel to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, that's captivated readers worldwide. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt Elias and Laia as they flee the city of Serra. Laia and Elias are determined to break into the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison to save Laia's brother, even if for Elias it means giving up his last chance at freedom. They will have to fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene-Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own-one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape . . . and kill them both. In 2015, one book emerged as the most highly acclaimed fantasy debut. Now, the sequel will set the world on fire.

A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2017

`Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy' Us Weekly The sequel to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, that's captivated readers worldwide. A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia's brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts. In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire's twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself-a mission that might destroy her, instead.

Szunnyado parazs

Szunnyado parazs

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2016

Laia rabszolgalany az irastudok nepebol. Elias katonanovendek a harcosok kozul. Egyikuk sem szabad: mindketten a birodalom konyortelen rendjenek rabjai.A harcosok birodalmaban az ellenszegulest halallal buntetik. Akik nem kinaljak fel eletuket es veruket a csaszarnak, azok azt kockaztatjak, hogy szeretteiket kivegzik, a birodalom elpusztit mindent es mindenkit, ami es aki kedves szamukra.Ebben a kimeletlen vilagban el Laia, akit a batyjaval egyutt nagyszuleik nevelnek. A kis csalad szegenyesen tengodik naprol napra. Igyekeznek kerulni a birodalom figyelmet, hiszen sokszor tanui lehettek annak, mi tortenik az olyanokkal, akik szembeszegulnek a hatalommal.Am amikor Laia batyjat lazadas vadjaval lefogjak, a lany nehez dontesre kenyszerul. Az Ellenallas titkos csoportjanak tagjai segitseget igernek neki testvere kiszabaditasahoz, de cserebe azt kerik, hogy legyen a kemjuk a harcosokat kikepzo Sotetszirt katonai akademian, ahova a kegyetlen parancsnokno szolgajakent kerul be.Munkaja soran Laia megismerkedik Eliasszal, aki evfolyamelso az akademian, az avatas kuszoben all. Megis szokesre keszul, pedig pontosan tudja, hogy ezert kinzas es halal jar. Am Elias mar nem hisz abban, hogy a harcosok kegyetlensege a birodalom erdeken kivul egyeb ugyet is szolgalna, es meg akar szabadulni a zsarnoksagtol, melynek fenntartasara kikepeztek.Laiaval hamar raebrednek, hogy a sorsuk szalai osszefonodtak, es hogy a donteseik akar a birodalom jovojet is megvaltoztathatjak. Vajon osszeutkozik es harcban szetrobban, vagy eppen eggye olvad a ket fiatal vilaga?"e;Lebilincselo, mint Az ehezok viadala, kepzeletgazdag, mint a Harry Potter, es kegyetlen, mint a Tronok harca."e; (Public Radio International)

Torch Against the Night

Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2016

'Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy' Us WeeklyThe sequel to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, that's captivated readers worldwide. A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia's brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts. In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire's twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself-a mission that might destroy her, instead.

Torch Against the Night

Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2016

THE #1NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBook two in theNew York Timesbestselling seriesA USA TodaybestsellerA Wall Street Journalbestseller';Spectacular.'Entertainment Weekly';Fresh and exciting...Tahir has shown a remarkable talent for penning complex villains.'A.V. Club"e;Even higher stakes than its predecessor thrilling."e;Publishers Weekly, starred review';[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.' Booklist, starred reviewSet in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES told the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom. Now, in A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, Elias and Laia are running for their lives.After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kaufthe Empire's most secure and dangerous prisonto save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom. But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, HeleneElias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her ownone that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape...and kill them both.

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Read the explosive New York Times bestselling debut that's captivated readers worldwide. Set to be a major motion picture, An Ember in the Ashes is the book everyone is talking about. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. When Laia's grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels. But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire's greatest military academy. Should she fail it's more than her brother's freedom at risk ...Laia's very life is at stake. There, she meets Elias, the academy's finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined - and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Ember in the Ashes

Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2015

'Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy' Us WeeklyRead the explosive New York Times bestselling debut that's captivated readers worldwide. Set to be a major motion picture, An Ember in the Ashes is the book everyone is talking about. What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she's never had much of a choice. For Elias it's the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire's elite soldiers. With the Masks' help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands of Scholars, all in the name of power. When Laia's brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death. But once Laia and Elias meet, they find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire. In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.

Ember in the Ashes

Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2015

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told.LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.ELIAS is the academy's finest soldier and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he's ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.When Laia and Elias's paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.